Chances are, you’re pretty cold right now… unless, that is, you’re in Florida, where temperatures have actually been in the 80s. I know, it’s a tough life. Between trying to finish up a magazine and planning a 600-person party, I’m in dire need of a cocktail. Here’s what I’d like to wear to grab a martini this weekend in the balmy Florida weather—a simple black romper, a slicked-back ponytail with a swipe of red lips and nails, and an amazing pair of shoes.
I am a firm believer in eating healthfully, but I do not believe in depriving yourself. Typically, my body tells me if I’ve had too much of something and, if that’s the case, I take it easy with fresh veggies and juices for a few days. I made this carrot juice this weekend using what I had on hand, and it turned out to be absolutely delicious. If you have a juicer, make this. If not, you could probably do it in a blender, so long as you strain it a bit after you blend it.
Best-Ever Carrot Juice
4 carrots (use the kinds with the tops on them, as those tend to be sweeter
a knob of ginger (about one-inch long)
2 apples (any kind will do, but I prefer Gala)
1 lemon, pitted and de-seeded
1. Put everything into the juicer, in that order, and strain into a glass. I keep my veggies in the fridge, so it’s cold but add ice if you prefer.
The day the Isabel Marant for H&M collection hit the web, I was pretty frantic trying to buy every piece I had my eye on. Of course, as these collaborations tend to go, a lot of pieces sold out in mere seconds. Fortunately, I was able to score some goodies, including this white lace top. I wore it to brunch and an antiques show this past weekend, when I paired it with one of my favorite blazers and my all-time favorite pair of heels.
Rag & Bone jeans // Isabel Marant for H&M lace top // ALC blazer // MOCA Jacksonville pins // vintage fetish necklace and handmade fish necklace // Margiela heels (similar) // vintage Bottega Veneta clutch
Have you noticed the new look? I decided to streamline things, which certainly wasn’t as easy as it seems. I ended up doing the whole thing myself and I am not very adept at coding and that sort of thing so… you’ll see more changes in coming months. Just bear with me. More outfit and recipe posts will come next week, I promise. For now, here are some things I’m loving as of late…
1. Pure Barre. I recently joined a new Pure Barre studio near my office, which has been amazing for me. The class times are really convenient (I usually go before work, during my lunch break, or after work). So rather than sit in traffic, I can get my workout done. If you’ve never done a barre workout, and if there’s a studio near you, I highly suggest it. I’ve done a private barre workout before, but the great thing about Pure Barre is the atmosphere. You’re surrounded by positive women, the instructors are really helpful and attentive and the music is usually pretty great (Katy Perry, Britney Spears… not just weird techno like a lot of group fitness classes). Every class is a challenge, but it isn’t tough on your joints. I danced pretty much my whole life, so I’m able to utilize a lot of what I learned throughout the years. Every class leaves me feeling energized, healthy and focused, and the best thing about it is that it gives me one hour a day where I don’t think about anything aside from my workout. My New Year’s Resolution is to focus more on myself, and take on less responsibility (I know that sounds kind of self-serving but the past two years, I’ve just spread myself way too thin and it’s starting to manifest in me going absolutely crazy) and I think Pure Barre will fit into that goal perfectly.
2. Birkenstocks. I’ve been wearing Birkenstocks for years, but I fell back in love with them earlier this year. I had a pair in fifth grade that were bright blue rubber, with pink designs. They were pretty awesome, until I was involved in a strange golf cart accident where a golf cart landed on top of my foot, sending the Birkenstock buckle plunging into my skin. Sadly, they had to be retired… but my lust continued. In 2006, Heidi Klum designed a line for Birkenstock, and I was madly in love with one sandal in particular. Unfortunately, I couldn’t track them down anywhere (online shopping wasn’t quite as prevalent as it is now) but lately I’ve been reminiscing about those sandals and am on the hunt to track a pair down. Heidi, please bring these beauties back!
3. The Restart Project. I am a big fan of AOL On, which hosts some pretty great online series. I’ve already professed my love for the Nicole Richie Show and now, there’s a new show to be obsessed with. The Restart Project, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and trainer Tracy Anderson, will soon premiere, and I can’t wait. It focuses on fitness from the inside out, which has always been one of my passions. It sounds New Age-y, but I think it’s so important to focus on health and fitness in terms of how it makes you feel, rather than how it makes you look. I know so many girls who really don’t work out, but will post Instagrams of their “workout lewks.” It shouldn’t be about getting your skinniest, but becoming the best you you can be. Taking time for yourself to cook something healthy, to do some stretching or just take a nice walk on the beach. This show seems like it will focus on that and, let’s be honest, it’s probably going to be a tearjerker.
Ever since I scored this Zoe Karssen tee at the Nordstrom Rack preview, I’ve been wearing it non-stop. It is so comfy, and I like the fact that it mixes a feminine color with a slightly subversive print. Kind of punk-meets-femme. Oh, did I mention I got a hair cut? It was a pretty big move for me. I’ve had the long hair look for twenty-plus years. Take a look at kid Virginia (I went by “Ginny” growing up and I’ve clearly loved playing dress up since I was little). I look like a little hippie with that hurr:
The new ‘do feels really liberating, and much more adult. I didn’t really style it in these photos, but it’s easy to smooth it out and make it look more modern. I think the cut even makes all of my clothes look different now!
There’s my cute boyfriend in the reflection of my sunnies, rocking his new Isabel Marant x H&M sweater.
Zoe Karssen tee // Rag & Bone jeans // Tibi x Vans sneakers // Helmut Lang blazer // Balenciaga bag (this was my very first Balenciaga, and I saved up all my money and purchased it in 2006 if you can believe it! It’s been repainted since… she’s weathered some storms) // Chanel scarf worn as long strap on bag // vintage harmonica necklace // Marc Jacobs skull necklace
Thanksgiving brings with it a lot of things: tryptophan, time spent bickering with family, lots of naps and, of course, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Below is a round up of items perfect for the glam gal on your list. Not all of the items are on sale, but a few goodies are—and, of course, there’s still a few weeks before Christmas.
This Theory sweatshirt dress (one of the spoils from my TJ Maxx shopping spree) has become on of the go-to items in my closet. It can be worn belted or loose, over tights or sans tights… and it looks great topped with a jacket or over a collared shirt. It’s a great blank canvas and, being that it’s made of sweatshirt material, supremely comfy.
Dress: Theory c/o TJ Maxx // Collared dress (worn beneath): Equipment // Belt, jewelry and bag: TJ Maxx // Boots: Prada
It’s been quite a few weeks since TJ Maxx flew me to New York for the Ultimate Maxxinista Experience, but I still haven’t posted all of my outfit shots! I got this cute sequined top by Parker during my shopping spree, and thought it paired well with the leather sweatpants. I also wore it with distressed denim and a fur stole for my friend’s bachelorette party. The top is no longer available online (though you might be able to find it at your local TJ’s) but Parker makes several iterations of sequined tops and dresses. I think this one is particularly cute.
Sequined top: Parker c/o TJ Maxx // Leather sweatpants: Vince c/o TJ Maxx // Heels: Delman c/o TJ Maxx // Earrings: Vintage // Clutch: Alexander McQueen
I know, I know… it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, can we just cool it with the “Jingle Bell Rock”? I’m already in the Christmas spirit (thanks in large part to cooler temps), so I thought I’d share some items that I certainly wouldn’t mind finding beneath my tree this year…
1. Le Creuset Dutch Oven: I used to have one of these years ago, until an unfortunate chili-cooking accident, when the pot actually broke while it sat on top of the hot stove, sending chili (and, ultimately, my dignity) everywhere. Dutch ovens are great for soups, stews and even small roasts. Just keep a careful eye on them.
2. Prada Floral Sunglasses: I don’t care if these babies are old news, I still want them. I just think they’d make every outfit look that much cooler.
3. Rodin Olio Lusso body cream: Extravagant? Yes. But oh, so worth it.
4. Nars Polish: Nars and Chanel make the best nail polishes in the most vibrant colors. The bottles look pretty great sitting on top of a vanity, too.
5. Rodarte “Rosarte” Sweatshirt: I live in sweatshirts, and this one is just perfect to pair with jeans and sneakers. Long live Rodarte.
6. Margiela X Converse: I’m a bit of a sneaker-head, and these Margiela X Converse high-tops are callin’ my name. They would look so great with skinnies and a blazer, a floral dress, jean shorts…. pretty much anything. Le sigh.
It’s no secret that I am pretty much an old lady trapped in a young lady’s body. I like to go to bed early (I’m usually in bed by 9:30 PM, and I’m not exaggerating), love to wake up early (on weekends I generally “sleep in” until 7 AM); I love crime shows and books (documentary-style crime shows not NCIS-type stuff… I’m not that much of an old lady) and I love love LOVE antiquing. Every year, my grandmother and I take a trip to Mount Dora, Florida, for the annual antiques extravaganza (it’s actually called that). This year was a little different. My grandmother (Mema, as I call her) had surgery last week, so she wasn’t quite feeling up to a day full of walking around, so I took my boyfriend instead. It started pouring so the trip was cut short after only a couple of hours, but I did manage to snag a pretty cool necklace and I spotted some awesome home decor items.
The base of this table is undeniably gorgeous. Anything bronze adds the perfect flash of glam to a room and rams heads are always so regal. The pink chairs are pretty spectacular, too. Very Palm Beach meets Hollywood Regency.
I have a thing for heads (I have a whole myriad of heads in our house—none real, of course—from deer heads to a beaded rhino head, to three or four human heads) so this lady won my heart.
This deer hide rug, with flecks of gold, would add the perfect feminine-meets-masculine touch to a living room. I think I might need it.
My treasure: I had to take this home with me. I’ve spotted similar necklaces that are usually pretty pricey. This one reminds of Alison Lou’s Moody Jewels.